LSC Event Descriptions

May 8 & 9, 2004

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Rated R
109 minutes

Monster (2003)
May 8, 2004 at 7:00 and 10:00pm in 26-100, and
May 9, 2004 at 10:00pm in 26-100.

In a revelatory performance, Charlize Theron stars in the shocking and moving true-life story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute executed last year in Florida after being convicted of murdering six men. While Wuornos confessed to the six murders, including a policeman, she claimed to have killed only in self-defense, resisting violent assaults while working as a prostitute.

Bravely burrowing beneath the tabloid headlines about America's first female serial killer and the media's sordid designation of Wuornos as an unrepentant monster in the midst of the horrors and pathologies, first-time writer-director Patty Jenkins unearths an unlikely love story between two misfits.

Nearing suicidal despair, Wuornos wanders into a Florida bar, where she meets Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), a young woman sent by her parents to live with an aunt in order to cure her homosexuality. Wuornos - victim of a tragic, abusive upbringing - quickly falls in love, and clings to Selby like a life preserver. Unable to find a legitimate job but desperate to sustain her relationship with Selby, Wuornos continues working as a prostitute. When one of her johns turns violent, Wuornos shoots the man in self-defense; the first in her tragic string of killings.

"Theron sacrifices her body, her image, and her soul to give what may be the most stunning transformation ever to take place in any movie."
      -- Joshua Tyler, Read this review.

(Description from official site.)

Oscars won:
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Charlize Theron)

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